History Main / RemittanceMan

3rd Nov '17 4:36:38 PM FordPrefect
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"That fop with the English Accent." An upper-crust younger [[BlueBlood son of an English lord]] with no prospect of inheriting, sent off to the Americas (or Australia, or South Africa, or anywhere on the map that happens to be painted pink during the time period) to get him out of the way. Usually given a small allowance (the "remittance"), that isn't ''quite'' sufficient to support him in the way he is accustomed but ''is'' enough to support him -- if he'll just pare back his standards a bit. He also has an ingrained aversion to "working in trade", and he's not used to manual labor.

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"That fop with the English Accent." An upper-crust younger [[BlueBlood son of an English lord]] with no prospect of inheriting, sent off to the Americas (or Australia, or South Africa, or anywhere on the map that happens to be painted pink [[http://manchesterhistorian.com/2013/painting-the-world-pink/ pink]] during the time period) to get him out of the way. Usually given a small allowance (the "remittance"), that isn't ''quite'' sufficient to support him in the way he is accustomed but ''is'' enough to support him -- if he'll just pare back his standards a bit. He also has an ingrained aversion to "working in trade", and he's not used to manual labor.
23rd Oct '17 2:06:16 AM Chabal2
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* One shows up in the ComicBook/LuckyLuke story "The Tenderfoot", though he doesn't receive an allowance (he has a ranch he inherited from an uncle, who in turn was a good example of this trope, instead). It turns out that he is quite a bit more badass (and moral) than the Americans that decide to pick on him.

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* One shows up along with a butler in the ComicBook/LuckyLuke story "The Tenderfoot", though he doesn't receive an allowance (he has a ranch he inherited from an uncle, who in turn was a good example of this trope, instead). It turns out that he is quite a bit more badass (and moral) than the Americans that decide to pick on him. At the story's conclusion, he rushes to prevent the townsfolk from giving another newcomer the same treatment he received... but joins right in when he realizes it's an acquaintance [[SeriousBusiness who uses the wrong club when golfing.]]
8th Oct '17 6:41:02 PM PaulA
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* In another SF example, Cadman Weyland describes another member of the first interstellar expedition as "the ultimate remittance man" in LarryNiven's ''The Legacy of Heorot''

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* In another SF example, Cadman Weyland describes another member of the first interstellar expedition as "the ultimate remittance man" in LarryNiven's Creator/LarryNiven's ''The Legacy of Heorot''Heorot''.
27th Aug '17 7:37:47 AM Divra
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* One shows up in the ComicBook/LuckyLuke story "The Tenderfoot", though he doesn't receive an allowance. It turns out that he is quite a bit more badass (and moral) than the Americans that decide to pick on him.

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* One shows up in the ComicBook/LuckyLuke story "The Tenderfoot", though he doesn't receive an allowance.allowance (he has a ranch he inherited from an uncle, who in turn was a good example of this trope, instead). It turns out that he is quite a bit more badass (and moral) than the Americans that decide to pick on him.
14th Aug '17 4:29:02 PM MadAnthony94
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* Moriarty's client in ''TheHoundOfTheDUrbervilles'' is Jasper Stokes, who just came back from the Americas after inheriting a large estate. He's not just a wastrel, he's a sadistically cruel man who has hired goons beat his laborers to keep them in line (it's what he took away from reading German economists).
26th Jul '17 1:08:26 PM gemmabeta2
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* One shows up in the ComicBook/LuckyLuke story "The Tenderfoot", though he doesn't receive an allowance.

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* One shows up in the ComicBook/LuckyLuke story "The Tenderfoot", though he doesn't receive an allowance. It turns out that he is quite a bit more badass (and moral) than the Americans that decide to pick on him.
2nd Jul '17 11:00:24 AM Madrugada
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"That fop with the English Accent." An upper-crust younger [[BlueBlood son of an English lord]] with no prospect of inheriting, sent off to the Americas (or Australia, or South Africa, or anywhere on the map that happens to be painted pink during the time period) to get him out of the way. Usually given a small allowance (the "remittance"), that isn't sufficient to support him in the way he is accustomed. He also has an ingrained aversion to "working in trade", and he's not used to manual labor.

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"That fop with the English Accent." An upper-crust younger [[BlueBlood son of an English lord]] with no prospect of inheriting, sent off to the Americas (or Australia, or South Africa, or anywhere on the map that happens to be painted pink during the time period) to get him out of the way. Usually given a small allowance (the "remittance"), that isn't ''quite'' sufficient to support him in the way he is accustomed.accustomed but ''is'' enough to support him -- if he'll just pare back his standards a bit. He also has an ingrained aversion to "working in trade", and he's not used to manual labor.
14th May '17 5:03:05 PM nombretomado
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* JimmyBuffett's "Remittance Man":

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* JimmyBuffett's Music/JimmyBuffett's "Remittance Man":



* A character type in the ''{{Traveller}}'' roleplaying game. (Though it's a science fiction setting, there are plenty of useless nobility around.) Perfect for the player who wants an eclectic skill set, no fixed responsibilities, and a good motivation for adventuring (i.e., get money).

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* A character type in the ''{{Traveller}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' roleplaying game. (Though it's a science fiction setting, there are plenty of useless nobility around.) Perfect for the player who wants an eclectic skill set, no fixed responsibilities, and a good motivation for adventuring (i.e., get money).
25th Mar '17 5:33:12 PM JakesBrain
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* In the Western ''Film/OneFootInHell'', Dan O'Herlihy plays a ConMan who passes himself off as this trope.
25th Jan '17 1:48:12 AM Xtifr
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* Anthony Villiers in the eponymous series by Alexei Panshin is a science-fictional example, though it's implied not that he's useless, but that he simply doesn't get along with his family.

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* Anthony Villiers in the eponymous series by Alexei Panshin Creator/AlexeiPanshin is a science-fictional example, though it's implied not that he's useless, but that he simply doesn't get along with his family.
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