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26th Sep '16 4:58:15 PM LamborghiniRacer640
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* ''[[VideoGame/TestDrive Test Drive Unlimited 2]]'' had the player character start off as a chauffeur who got fired sleeping on the job then after being offered a spot in a racing competition is given some money to buy a mobile home with a two car garage and a cheap starting car. By the time the main story is finished, that same character has four mansions scattered on two islands, two yachts, 63 cars (most of them million-dollar [[CoolCar hypercars]]),and a [[Fiction500 bank account of around seven figures.]]
27th Aug '16 3:55:22 PM ChaoticNovelist
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** Samuel Vimes of stumbled his way into this, and has managed to constantly stumble his way into more wealth, titles, and fame since the whole thing with the dragon. And he's somewhat reluctant about the whole thing.

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** Samuel Vimes of stumbled his way into this, and has managed to constantly stumble his way into more wealth, titles, and fame since the whole thing with the dragon. And he's He's somewhat reluctant about the whole thing.


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*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': After living on the streets, [[spoiler: Zettai]] is adopted by Basilard Bladi, the chief of the Bladi Clan. This means she now has servants making custom-fitted clothes for her.
23rd Aug '16 2:14:40 PM Willbyr
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* In ''SakuraGari'', Dr. Katsuragi is implied to come from a low-middle class family since as a teenager he lived and worked as a servant in the ''very'' rich Saiki clan's BigFancyHouse while going through his studies. Now he both works in a famous hospital and is the personal doctor of his former protectors.

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* In ''SakuraGari'', ''Manga/SakuraGari'', Dr. Katsuragi is implied to come from a low-middle class family since as a teenager he lived and worked as a servant in the ''very'' rich Saiki clan's BigFancyHouse while going through his studies. Now he both works in a famous hospital and is the personal doctor of his former protectors.
14th Aug '16 9:50:55 PM wuggles
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Originating in the 18th and 19th centuries, it has been a ForgottenTrope, but the advent of the lottery and prominent RealLife examples have breathed life back into this.

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Originating in the 18th and 19th centuries, it has had been a ForgottenTrope, but the advent of the lottery and prominent RealLife examples have breathed life back into this.


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* On ''Series/{{Empire}}'', a major part of the Lyon family's backstory is going from rags to riches. Lucious and Cookie were selling drugs in the streets of {{Philadelphia}} to fund the titular record label, which eventually leads to Cookie spending 17 years in prison. Meanwhile Lucious manages to make Empire into a multimillion dollar business, and the Lyons are obscenely rich by the time the show starts.
7th Aug '16 12:26:03 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* Creator/HenrikIbsen went from rags to riches rather fast. Before his ''Theatre/{{Brand}}'' breakthrough, he had been on the poverty level for years, and pr 1866, he was known for owning only one coat, and at this point it was rather worn. The famous playwright slobbed around in Rome, looking like a bum, with an umkempt beard, holes in his boots and on his coat, wearing an old mormon hat. Then the money poured in - and the author´s first purchase was new clothes and a haircut.
28th Jul '16 7:05:33 PM eowynjedi
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* Samuel Vimes of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' stumbled his way into this, and has managed to constantly stumble his way into more wealth, titles, and fame since the whole thing with the dragon. And he's somewhat reluctant about the whole thing.
** 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.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
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Samuel Vimes of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' of stumbled his way into this, and has managed to constantly stumble his way into more wealth, titles, and fame since the whole thing with the dragon. And he's somewhat reluctant about the whole thing.
** 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.rail baron.


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* ''Literature/WolfHall'' opens with the boy Thomas Cromwell having to flee from his abusive father, an improvident brewer and smith. After a spell as a soldier in Europe he becomes a cloth merchant in Holland, then returns to England, takes up the law, and enters the service of Thomas Wolsey, which opens the way for him to become one of the most wealthy and powerful men in the land. Cromwell raises the fortunes of his family in the process, raising his son to be a gentleman and paving the way for his wards, Rafe Sadler and Richard Cromwell (formerly Williams) to become powerful figures in their own right. From the standpoint of Cromwell's enemies, he goes FromNobodyToNightmare.
27th Jul '16 12:47:37 PM DontKillBugs
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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}}'': 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.
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.
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