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26th Nov '17 4:31:55 PM nombretomado
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* Also used in ''Manga/HaouAiren'', where a girl who has to struggle with a part-time job, her highschool studies ''and'' taking care of her IllGirl widow mother and her cute little siblings... is suddenly thrown into a world of fabulous riches and luxury in HongKong, when it turns out that the handsome stranger whose life she saved is actually a highranked Triad leader who wants her as his mistress (and he also promises to send money to her family in Tokyo, so the girl's mom can have adequate treatment and she won't have to worry - and as far as we know, he keeps that part). Too bad this also brings [[BreakTheCutie HORRIBLE misfortune]] [[TheWoobie to the poor girl]], as the dude is a massive BastardBoyfriend ''and'' the people in their surroundings are corrupted to the core.

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* Also used in ''Manga/HaouAiren'', where a girl who has to struggle with a part-time job, her highschool studies ''and'' taking care of her IllGirl widow mother and her cute little siblings... is suddenly thrown into a world of fabulous riches and luxury in HongKong, UsefulNotes/HongKong, when it turns out that the handsome stranger whose life she saved is actually a highranked Triad leader who wants her as his mistress (and he also promises to send money to her family in Tokyo, so the girl's mom can have adequate treatment and she won't have to worry - and as far as we know, he keeps that part). Too bad this also brings [[BreakTheCutie HORRIBLE misfortune]] [[TheWoobie to the poor girl]], as the dude is a massive BastardBoyfriend ''and'' the people in their surroundings are corrupted to the core.
18th Nov '17 10:27:59 PM Gamermaster
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* While they don't actually become richer in a monetary sense, Kazumi and Daigo from ''Webcomic/ThOrderOfTheStick'' are granted a title of nobility at their wedding (having formerly been run-of-the-mill infantrymen turned {{Mauve Shirt}}s).

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* While they don't actually become richer in a monetary sense, Kazumi and Daigo from ''Webcomic/ThOrderOfTheStick'' ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' are granted a title of nobility at their wedding (having formerly been run-of-the-mill infantrymen turned {{Mauve Shirt}}s).
18th Nov '17 10:27:43 PM Gamermaster
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* While they don't actually become richer in a monetary sense, Kazumi and Daigo from ''Webcomic/OrderOfTheStick'' are granted a title of nobility at their wedding (having formerly been run-of-the-mill infantrymen turned {{Mauve Shirt}}s).

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* While they don't actually become richer in a monetary sense, Kazumi and Daigo from ''Webcomic/OrderOfTheStick'' ''Webcomic/ThOrderOfTheStick'' are granted a title of nobility at their wedding (having formerly been run-of-the-mill infantrymen turned {{Mauve Shirt}}s).
18th Nov '17 10:22:51 PM Gamermaster
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* While they don't actually become richer in a monetary sense, Kazumi and Daigo from ''Webcomic/OrderOfTheStick'' are granted a title of nobility at their wedding (having formerly been run-of-the-mill infantrymen turned {{Mauve Shirt}}s).
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11th Nov '17 4:22:19 PM DoubleEdgedSword
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11th Nov '17 4:22:18 PM DoubleEdgedSword
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* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rags_to_Riches_(TV_series) Rags to Riches]]'' was a two-season musical show about five orphan girls adopted by a millionaire. Think ''Series/KidsIncorporated'' meets ''[[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir Fresh Prince]]''.

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* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rags_to_Riches_(TV_series) Rags to Riches]]'' ''Series/{{Rags To Riches}}'' was a two-season musical show about five orphan girls adopted by a millionaire. Think ''Series/KidsIncorporated'' meets ''[[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir Fresh Prince]]''.
8th Oct '17 11:37:26 AM Lopiny
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* ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'': The Kharadron Overlords' society, as a sort of plutocratic meritocracy, enforces this: No one is born rich, not even if your parents are admirals. ''Everyone'' must start from the bottom and claw their way up. But, if they're good, ''everyone'' can climb another step. Every admiral you see among them (which, as the "plutocratic" part explains, are filthy rich) was a simple crewman with a pistol, a sword and a paltry couple of coins once. [[RichesToRags And they will kick you back down if you mess up too often]].
30th Sep '17 12:54:33 PM SeptimusHeap
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More modern uses of the trope are more cynical, and may feature the character getting their wealth through unethical or illegal means, and [[WasItReallyWorthIt discovering that]] [[LonelyAtTheTop wealth doesn't make them happy]], (i.e. ''TheGreatGatsby'') and might include an Anvilicious statement on why sudden wealth leads to corruption. If the plot for a single episode, will usually feature the character [[AcquiredSituationalNarcissism becoming haughty and vain]] and [[AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted eventually losing his or her money]] and [[StatusQuoIsGod returning to normal]], showing that they never needed money in the first place. Occasionally played, is the Aesop of preferring personal freedom over the trappings of success, especially when that success comes at the cost of [[SellOut compromising your pride and dignity]]. In such cases, the person who goes from rags to riches realizes that they are virtually owned by those to whom they owe their success; something that frequently happens in the entertainment industry. The [[AmbitionIsEvil darkest and]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive edgiest versions]] of this trope sometimes overlap with FromNobodyToNightmare.

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More modern uses of the trope are more cynical, and may feature the character getting their wealth through unethical or illegal means, and [[WasItReallyWorthIt discovering that]] [[LonelyAtTheTop wealth doesn't make them happy]], (i.e. ''TheGreatGatsby'') ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'') and might include an Anvilicious statement on why sudden wealth leads to corruption. If the plot for a single episode, will usually feature the character [[AcquiredSituationalNarcissism becoming haughty and vain]] and [[AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted eventually losing his or her money]] and [[StatusQuoIsGod returning to normal]], showing that they never needed money in the first place. Occasionally played, is the Aesop of preferring personal freedom over the trappings of success, especially when that success comes at the cost of [[SellOut compromising your pride and dignity]]. In such cases, the person who goes from rags to riches realizes that they are virtually owned by those to whom they owe their success; something that frequently happens in the entertainment industry. The [[AmbitionIsEvil darkest and]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive edgiest versions]] of this trope sometimes overlap with FromNobodyToNightmare.



* ''Literatire/ASongOfIceAndFire'' demonstrates this in a similar vein to "TheGreatGatsby" with Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish, who was born into the poorest noble family in Westeros, but thanks to his financial talents [[spoiler: and a severe BreakTheCutie process in his childhood that inspired him to get back at the nobility]], he is now possibly the richest man in Westeros besides the Lannisters.

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* ''Literatire/ASongOfIceAndFire'' demonstrates this in a similar vein to "TheGreatGatsby" "Literature/TheGreatGatsby" with Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish, who was born into the poorest noble family in Westeros, but thanks to his financial talents [[spoiler: and a severe BreakTheCutie process in his childhood that inspired him to get back at the nobility]], he is now possibly the richest man in Westeros besides the Lannisters.
22nd Aug '17 3:50:17 PM TompaDompa
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* In ''Film/{{Napoleon}}'', the title character goes from being forced to fashion boots out of cardboard at his lowest point to being a war hero revered in all of France by the end.
12th Aug '17 7:26:14 PM johnsmithxxi
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* Film/McLintock in the movie of the same name. When his daughter was a baby, his wife Katherine walked miles through the snow and traded her father's war medal for a case of condensed milk.

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* Film/McLintock ''Film/McLintock'' in the movie of the same name. When his daughter was a baby, his wife Katherine walked miles through the snow and traded her father's war medal for a case of condensed milk.
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